The Criterion
44, Millstone Lane
0116 262 5418.


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The Criterion  

This pub used to be owned by the same people as the Swan and Rushes.

You can expect good quality beer and food at prices that wont break the bank.

The pub is new, only opening in 2003 and has still to find a weekday clientèle for the evenings. However, it still serves six to twelve great guest ales including Durham White Crystal and Newby Wyke Bear Island and Belvior Mild, including Oakham regulars.

There is a small step into the pub, which is easily negotiated with a wheelchair and access inside is possible.

There are two rooms and bars. The room at the front left has a more relaxed feel to it and you can play games here. The bar itself is small, but you can still get served easily. Opposite this room are the toilets - these were kept very warm when we visited, a welcome treat from the bitterly cold weather outside.

The main bar is directly in font of the pub entrance. Here you will find nice deep carpet on the floor and dark wood and burgundy type decor - very wine bar, but also quite relaxing over a pint of ale. Seating here is quite cramped in that there are too many tables and not enough standing area - but this will iron out with time. A mixture of benches and tables around the edges with stools at the bar. The bar itself is long and has the hand pumps for ale plus foreign beers all on show.

Food is served here (pizza is available Tuesday - Saturday 12-2pm & 5.30-9pm), Sunday and Monday Tapas and bar snacks. The food is good value and tasty and served till late.

The Swan is not far away and you should do both pubs in a night as they are having different guest beers at both. The nearest accommodation is the Holiday Inn or Ramada Jarvis, but they are both expensive, so we chose the Spindle - a little walk, but you get to pass near Out of The Vaults, another Mecca for beer. The Criterion is another great stop on a crawl around Leicester.

There is music here now on Thursdays.



None as yet.

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Up to 6 guest ales. 



Spindle Lodge Hotel
2 West Walk, Leicester
LE1 7NA. 0116 233 8801.
From S:£44, D:£65prpn